Poker's "Bad Boy" Chino Rheem Leads the Pack at WSOP High Roller Bounty Event

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Nagesh Rath
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David Chino Rheem was sitting pretty in Day 1 of the three day Event #2: High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em  He's beating out the likes of poker's biggest money earners, including the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Erik Seidel. The LA-based poker pro finished in seventh place at the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, cashing for $1,772,650. Years later he'd be accused of cheating another player.


With all the recent cheating scandals occurring in the world of poker, Rheem's past alleged improprieties seem like child's play perhaps.

Fellow poker pro Will Molson accused Rheem of cheating him out of $40,000 at the time.  The Epic Poker League placed Rheem on probation as a result.

"The incident occurred last year at EPT London. My friend brought Chino into our room to hang out and play some online. This was the first time I met him, but obviously I knew about him from all his TV appearances and from seeing him play in big tournaments," Molson writes as he describes the incident further.

"He claimed he needed PokerStars money so he can directly buy into the event and he would swap Full Tilt Poker money in return. He also says that his boy Michael Mizrachi needs the same hook-up, and tells me, after calling him, that I will be getting a transfer from "The Grinder" on Full Tilt Poker for both of them," Molson adds.

Then, following a big 2013 $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship win of $1.150,297, there were concerns Rheem might be arrested at a Seminole Hard Rock event. He had prior arrests and there were questions as to whether an outstanding warrant could still be in effect at the time.

Lt. Marino of the Hollywood Police confirmed to that the "trespassing" offense against Rheem was not something that his department was likely to pursue.  The Hard Rock Casino is located in Hollywood, Florida.

"There would be no reason for Florida to extradite David on this offense seeing that it's considered a misdemeanor and was given a ‘notice to appear' (ticket) which probably entailed some fines to pay," Lt. Marino told Gambling911's Jenny Woo back I 2008 when Rheem made the final table of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event.

In a 2018 article, Upswing Poker referred to Rheem as having "a mountain of debt".

From that website:

There is little debate that Rheem is a controversial character. Between his drug accusations and gambling problems, perhaps the strongest accusations result from his mountain of unpaid debts.

The reference is to the allegations of owing other players money.

Unlike others who may not have the funds to repay, Rheem most certainly does. Or, at least, did. For some reason, Rheem has a problem hanging on to his money.

It should be noted that poker pro Ben Lamb reported that Rheem paid back his $100k debt in its entirety.

Chip Counts at Break
Chino Rheem 1,300,000 -180,000
Chris Brewer 1,290,000 112,000
Bill Klein 1,210,000 -230,000
Alex Foxen 1,180,000 285,000
Darren Elias 1,060,000 245,000
Michael Moncek 920,000 20,000
Ali Imsirovic 900,000 75,000
Koray Aldemir 885,000 -49,000
Chance Kornuth 840,000 430,000
Jonathan Jaffe 835,000 160,000
Laszlo Bujtas 820,000 20,000
Dario Sammartino 770,000 130,000
Sergio Aido 735,000 135,000
Sergi Reixach 730,000 14,000
Phil Ivey 712,000 127,000
Brian Rast 700,000 -140,000
Christoph Vogelsang 686,000 248,000
Shaun Deeb 680,000 25,000
Erik Seidel 640,000 -180,000
Justin Young 610,000 9,000
Dan Shak 580,000 50,000
Andrew Lichtenberger 580,000 -20,000
Jake Schindler 565,000 -45,000
Nick Petrangelo 535,000 0
Daniel Negreanu 515,000 84,000
Bryn Kenney 460,000 -70,000
Adrian Mateos 460,000 -111,000
David Peters 405,000 -145,000
Andrew Robl 405,000 0
Sean Winter 355,000 -201,000
Cary Katz 330,000 -255,000
Mikita Badziakouski 330,000 60,000
Dan Smith 241,000 -192,000
Scott Ball 175,000 -447,000
Chris Hunichen 100,000 -378,000

- Nagesh Rath,